For Immediate Release
June 22, 2012
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Mayor Menino today announced that Boston has nearly reached its goal for 10,000 summer jobs, with 9,400 jobs created so far, bucking a nationwide trend in which cities across the country are struggling to provide summer jobs for teens.
This year, Mayor Menino launched an expanded summer jobs outreach campaign, sending personal video messages to business leaders and calling on the City’s business community to step up to the cause. As the City nears its goal, the mayor is once again asking them to support a Boston teen. The cost of hiring one student employee is just $1,800 for the entire summer and currently, only about 14% of companies in Boston with 100+ employees are hiring a student.
“I’m proud that Boston is home to a strong and diverse business community comprised of great community partners who have stepped up to help employ our young people this summer, many of them for the first time,” Mayor Menino said. “Still, there is much more we can do to make sure that no teen is without a job this summer. These students have worked hard all year and they deserve the opportunity to learn and test their skills in a business environment. It is up to us to support them, and together, our stepped up efforts make a real difference for the future leaders of our City.”
On Monday, Mayor Menino will join John Hancock to kick off the company’s MLK Summer Scholars program this summer. In conjunction with the Mayor’s Summer Jobs campaign, John Hancock works in close partnership with the Boston Globe, Boston University, and Partners HealthCare to offer this unique program which will provide jobs and life skills workshops to 650 Boston teens this summer, who will work at non-profit agencies across the city.
Mayor Menino has consistently level-funded the City of Boston summer jobs program, allocating $4.3 million in the City’s budget despite an economic recession. This year, the Mayor also launched a new website, bostonsummerjobs.org, to promote the program to potential employers and give free promotion to the companies that do hire Boston Public Schools students over the summer. The site features video testimonials from Mayor Menino, Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino, as well students and other prominent business leaders discussing the importance of summer jobs. So far, the City has reached out to more than 500 local companies that have never hired before and has received commitments from more than 35 new companies to participate.
From the small startups and rapidly growing clean-tech companies in Boston’s Innovation District to the large, established corporations downtown, businesses can offer students a close up look at entrepreneurship and emerging technologies and provide invaluable insight into the business world.
If companies feel they cannot adequately supervise a group of youth workers, the City will accept donations to place teens in positions with nonprofit and community groups. Employers interested in hiring a student can call 617-542-WORK or visit www.bostonsummerjobs.org for more information.